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In Memory of Denis McGrath

We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved father on August 2, 2021 at the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital after a valiant battle with dementia. Born to Denis and Rose McGrath in Patrick’s Cove, Nfld, Denis made his home in Ottawa.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Madeline (nee Spurvey) in 2017 and is survived by his children Randy (Julie), Wally (Lori), Paula (Shawn) and Denise (Scott). Adored Pop to Carley, Denis James, Sydney, Joshua, Dawson, Brianna, Sarah, Alicia and Amber. He was predeceased by siblings Laura, Theresa, Rosella, Madeline (the late Ron), Edgar, James and Martin. He will be fondly remembered by his surviving sisters Lucy (the late Michael), Betty (Clayton) and Rita (Adrien), and special nephew Walter, as well as a large extended family.

Denis was known for his generosity and love for his family. In his memory the family would ask that you extend a gesture of kindness to those less fortunate. A private celebration of life will be held in his honour.

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I will miss your warm heart and cheerful laugh my friend. You were like a father to me, a mentor and a great friend.
Be at peace and take care of Madeline. Sing that special song (Take me Back) we used to enjoy, when you see her.
Missing you so much.

Love Always and Rest in Peace


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We will always remember Uncle Denis as a great family man, and a hard worker. His love for his home province of Newfoundland was always on display. May he Rest In Peace.

Uncle Denis will always be remembered as a hard worker and one who always put his family first. He enjoyed coming home to Newfoundland to visit and would always be interested in going down to the wharf in St. Bride’s to look at the boats. Sending our sincere condoleneces

My brother Denis left NL as a young man and made a great life for himself and his family in Ottawa thanks to his hard work and determination. We have many great memories of his visits home which we will always treasure. We can all take some comfort in knowing that he is finally reunited with Madeline.

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Uncle Denis,
You’re a great man! Alway generous and treated me like gold. I don’t think anyone has ever made me laugh the way you did. Love you buddy. Rest In Peace and reunite with Aunt Madeleine.

Sincere condolences to the family.. Denise and Madeleine treated my youngest daughter like their own. Madeleine is dearly missed and now Denis will be once again joined with the love of his life.
May he rest in peace. And may the family know that he is watching over them especially during this difficult time.

My sincere condolences to Denise, Randy, Wally, Paula and all those who loved him. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during Denis’ battle with Dementia and now during this sad and difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort knowing he is reunited with Madeline. He will be missed tremendously, as is Madeline! Sending you all my love! xo

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To:Paula, Randy Denise & Wally. I know your Dad was loved& respected. He had great character& a big heart. He will be missed.

My sincere condolences to Denise,Paula,Wally, Randy and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May your Dad Rest In Peace XO

I will always remember Uncle Denis as a great family man,& I often referred to him as” the friendly giant “.My husband gave him a pair of work boots and they were size 13,I said “ uncle Denis you should have to pay property taxes on those feet “,he had a great laugh about this.Condolences to his family.,I am so sincerely sorry for your tremendous loss.

To Uncle Denis’s immediate and extended family:
We are so sorry for your loss.
I would always try and see your dad when he was visiting in Newfoundland, and residing at mom and dad’s home. Mom also has many fond memories of those visits and their childhood in Patrick’s Cove. Mom has shared stories of his ingenuity in earning money that he would then share with his siblings so they were able to attend and enjoy the renowned Garden Parties.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
On behalf of myself, Chris, Grant and his sibling Lucy.

To our extended Mcgrath family. We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Denis passing . I remeber whenever he was around us there was always a smile on your face, his sense of humour, laughter and kind heartedness will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear uncle
Denise /Allan /Alexandria & AJ Watt

My deepest condolences to Randy and his entire family. The last few years were difficult and now peace has come, the good memories will remain.

To the Family: It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Denis. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hubert and Rose McGrath, Patrick’s Cove , NL.

For Randy and your entire family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of sadness and loss.

To the McGrath family so sorry for your loss your dad was a kind generous person you could not ask for a better brother in law he went out of his way to help who he could including my self his was a great friend brother-in-law he will be sadly missed by all the Spurvey’s Rest in peace Dennis

My sincere condolences to the family. I know he was loved, I worked with Paula and she spoke of him often. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Uncle Deny, unsure on the spelling, but it’s certainly how I always referred to him and how his nieces and nephews referred to him as well. The visits to Ottawa with my mom/dads annual Toronto trips we’re always eventful especially when Uncle Deny and the entire family were involved.. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do to accommodate. He loved company and whether that involved a trip to the casino or just sitting around and talking about days gone by and how things have changed he was a pleasure to spend time with. Perhaps a few yarns were also created. Such an amazing father and a great provider. While life gets busy and visits become fewer the memories last forever.. Rest in piece Uncle Deny

I so sad to hear of the passing of Dennis Mcgrath,My thought & prays go out to the family………Its been a long time but I remember a kind & gentle man!! R.I.P Dennis……..

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